By: Jamie MacDougall
Date: 11 Apr 2012
The Moray European Fisheries Fund will be officially launched next week by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead.
Business leaders and managers, tourism groups, local heritage and voluntary action groups and food retailers will be among those attending the event at the Cullen Bay Hotel on Monday 16th April.
The Moray area has recently been successful in obtaining around £400,000 of funding from the Scottish Government's European Fisheries Fund (Axis 4) programme and Moray Council to promote sustainable development of fisheries areas by supporting measures to build skills and knowledge in order to increase the capacity of local fishing communities and business networks through innovation, collaboration and diversification.
In particular, Axis 4 of the funding programme will support a broad range of projects which focus on:
- Small fisheries and tourism related infrastructure and services such as development of tourism products, fishing and related environmental and cultural activities
- Diversifying and value added activities which could include marketing, strategy and products
- Restructuring and redirecting economic activities which could include developing the additional capacity to service the renewables sector, such as support and maintenance for offshire renewables or support for the food and drink sector.
- The local programme will be managed by the Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). The fisheries industry, the public and third sectors are all represented on the FLAG, whose members will have the responsibility of assessing and approving grant applications.
FLAG chairman Duncan Pockett said, “I am delighted that our local fisheries communities and industries, who have a great range of knowledge and expertise among them, will have the opportunity to benefit from the funding. In particular, within the current economic climate, we all have to be resourceful, flexible and have to adapt to change and I feel this fund will provide an exciting opportunity for us all to strengthen and diversify our economy through developing innovative projects and the Moray FLAG hopes to see a range of applications coming through following the launch.”
Expressions of interest are now being invited before the deadline of Thursday 26th April, with assessment and decisions being made on the first round of projects on Tuesday 19th June. Further information and detailed guidance can be obtained by contacting:
Katalin Boda, Project Co-ordinator, Moray Council
Telephone: 07971 999 544